Welcome to this edition of "Bill Campbell's Third District Report,"
an electronic newsletter keeping you updated about the events
taking place in the County of Orange and in the Third District.
It is my hope that you find this distribution informative and
I would encourage you to contact me regarding any thoughts, comments,
or concerns you may have.
IN THIS ISSUE...
1. Board Actions
2. 55/405 Interchange Update
3. New Playground Equipment
4. Bat Bridge Update
5. Federal Transportation Funding
6. IUSD Vacancy
Tustin and North Tustin
Brea, Yorba Linda
Irvine, Orange, Orange Park Acres, Villa Park
Silverado, Santiago, Modjeska, Trabuco Canyons
Office Manager/Executive Secretary
PLA VOTE- The Board voted 4 to 1 to terminate
the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that requires contractors
to use union members for County public works construction
projects. The Board's action was necessary so that the County
can send notification of termination to the unions who are
party to the agreement before the PLA automatically renews
for another five years. I joined Supervisors Wilson, Norby
and Silva in voting in favor of termination because the
County should not limit work to union members only, but
should promote a competitive bid process open to all qualified
bidders. The Board room was filled with union representatives
who asked the Board to delay its vote. To view a copy of
the PLA, click here.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION CAMP- Staff from the County's Harbors,
Beaches & Parks department presented the Board with the
easements necessary to allow the Boy Scouts of America to
access land it received as a donation from the Irvine Company
for the creation of an outdoor education camp. The camp
will be a place where youth can learn about the outdoors,
camping and Orange County's agricultural and mining history.
The Boy Scouts, who will own and operate the camp, will
host children from the YMCA of Orange County, the Girl Scouts
of Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education's
"Inside the Outdoors" program.
I was very pleased to support these agreements. I also
thanked the Irvine Company for their donation of the land
and assistance with the entitlement process. Their investment
will pay dividends to Orange County for generations.
ANAHEIM COUNTY ISLAND ANNEXATION- The Board of Supervisors
approved a Tax Transfer Agreement with the City of Anaheim
for the unincorporated area known as the "Garza Strip,"
which is a 485-acre "County island" with 8,000 residents
bounded roughly by Brookhurst, Katella, Broadway, and Gilbert.
The agreement is a necessary step toward the annexation
of this area by Anaheim. Mayor Curt Pringle spoke in support
of the annexation.
CANADIAN DRUGS- Supervisor Smith asked the Board to approve
a proposal which would have directed County staff to prepare
a Request For Proposal (RFP) find a way to allow County
employees and retirees to refill their existing prescription
drugs by importing them from Canada at a lower cost. I substituted
his motion, which would still keep our staff studying Canadian
drug imports and have our Washington, DC legislative advocate
see if there was a way to do it legally. The Board voted
4 to 1 in support my proposal. I opposed Chuck Smith's proposal
because it is illegal to import those drugs. I do not believe
it is appropriate for a public agency to violate federal
law, but I do support the concept, should the federal government
change its position. I am dissatisfied that U.S. citizens
have to pay more than Canadians for the same patent drug.
UCI CONTRACT- The Board approved an agreement with the
University of California, Irvine for UCI to continue providing
consultation services to assist the Adult Protective Services
(APS) staff in assessing cases of alleged elder and dependent
adult abuse. Specifically, the UCI Medical Center has committed
to providing a team consisting of geriatricians, psychologists,
and other appropriate specialties to examine and review
medical records, video tapes, and photographs from alleged
abuse cases in order to determine if abuse has taken place.
SHERIFF TRAINING- The Board approved an agreement between
the Sheriff's Department and the Rancho Santiago Community
College District. Under the agreement, the college district
will provide law enforcement training to prospective Sheriff's
deputies. Training will take place at Santa Ana College,
the Sheriff's Training Center in Orange and at other District-owned
CHUCK SMITH'S RETIREMENT- This Tuesday's Board meeting
was Supervisor Chuck Smith's last meeting. After twenty
years of public service, Supervisor Smith is retiring to
spend more time with his wife and family. The Board presented
Supervisor Smith with a resolution honoring his service
to the Orange County community.
I toured the northbound HOV flyover from
the 405 to the 55 with Caltrans and OCTA personnel. The
holes that were cut into the lane to provide access to repair
the structure have all been repaired. This lane will open
by December 31, 2004. The southbound 55 to the southbound
405 HOV flyover will open by January 31, 2005. The work
on the southbound 55 to the southbound connector will also
be completed by January 31, 2005. The remaining connectors
will be completed by February 28, 2005. To view pictures,
I am pleased to report that O'Neill Regional
Park has new playground equipment to replace deteriorated
wooden playground structures that were originally built
in 1984. The new equipment features two structures, one
for children ages 2-5 years and the other for children ages
5-12 years. The new structures are designed to last longer
than the previous structures and feature educational panels
with information on native plants and animals. This project
was funded by a state grant of Prop. 12 funds to comply
with state safety standards and the Americans with Disabilities
Act requirements. To view pictures, click here.
On Monday I met with County staff to discuss
the status of the County's efforts to take ownership of
the Hicks Haul Road Bridge (the Bat Bridge) over Santiago
Canyon Road. Staff has determined that it will be necessary
to seismically upgrade the bridge. The bridge was originally
built to Caltrans standards for temporary (10-year) bridges.
In this case, it was built to withstand an earthquake of
6.1 magnitude on the Richter scale. Caltrans' standard for
a long-term bridge is for reinforcement to protect against
a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. Vulcan Materials, who built
and currently own the bridge, will pay the County $100,000
toward the upgrades. The County will pursue state and federal
grants for the remainder and will schedule the improvements
to occur within the County Road Fund's capital projects
I received a letter from Congressman Chris
Cox detailing the transportation appropriations which he
was able to negotiate for Orange County. The county will
receive $2,000,000 to study a tunnel connecting Orange and
Riverside Counties, $1,500,000 for widening the I-405, and
$500,000 to work on the I-5 South HOV lane. I appreciate
Congressman Cox's efforts on behalf of Orange County taxpayers.
Irvine Unified School District's (IUSD) Board
of Education has announced its intention to appoint a replacement
for the Board seat vacated by Irvine Councilman Steven Choi.
The Board is accepting applications from those interested.
The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January
7 at 5:00 pm. To view the application, click here.
Congratulations to Jim and Helen Curran of North Tustin
who became citizens of the United States this past Saturday
at the Los Angeles Coliseum. 8,500 people from 55 nations
also became citizens
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION- I presented a proclamation
to outgoing Villa Park City Councilmember Bill MacAloney
at the Villa Park Dry Boat Parade reception. To see reception
picture, click here.
To see pictures of the Boat Parade, click here.
I presented a resolution to Dick Hunsaker honoring his
retirement from Hunsaker and Associates.
DISTRICT CONTACTS- I met with LAFCO Executive Director,
Joyce Crosswaithe, to discuss annexation plans for the Tonner
Hills development in Brea.
I met with County Internal Auditor Peter Hughes to discuss
I met with OCTA Chairman Greg Winterbottom and OCTA CEO
Art Leahy to discuss the 2005 goals and priorities for OCTA.
I met Will Kempton the new director of Caltrans at an OCTA
I participated in discussions regarding the funding of
the revenue shortfalls of SJHTCA by F/ETCA. More discussions
will occur next early year.
UPCOMING EVENTS- OCTA PUBLIC MEMBERS- The Orange
County Transportation Authority announced that it is seeking
applicants for the two public member seats on the OCTA Board
of Directors. Interested applicants must be residents of
Orange County who are not serving currently and have not
served within the last four years as an elected official
of a city, county, agency or special district within Orange
County. For more information, click here.
METROLINK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY- Metrolink will be offering
a 25% discount on ticket prices and free transfers to the
Metro Gold Line on New Year's Day. You may want to consider
using Metrolink if you wish to attend the Rose Parade. Taking
Metrolink from Orange County to the Los Angeles Union Station
and then transferring to the Gold Line will allow travelers
go to the Rose Parade with less hassle. For more information,
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS- The Board of Supervisors will
not convene until January 3, 2005 and this Newsletter will
not be published again until January 6, 2004. Supervisor-elect
Lou Correa and I will be sworn in for our new terms of office
at 9:00 am on Monday, January 3. The public is invited to
attend the swearing in ceremony in the Board room of the
County Hall of Administration.
Have a Merry Christmas
and best wishes for a Happy and Peaceful New Year!
It is a pleasure to serve the constituents of the Third
Please pray for our armed forces and our foreign services